Saturday 4 December 2010


I never thought I would have to do this, because I have always thought of myself as someone with very strong and clear morals and ethics, but I have to apologise for something I didn't realise I was doing.  A fellow designer pointed out to me that I was stealing from someone, that someone being Sally Brandl.  My Graduated Shawl was inspired by a picture I had seen of the Oakland Shawl.  I wrote the pattern myself, without ever seeing a copy of her pattern, and I changed the shape of the shawl too.  However, it was pointed out to me that unless you can prove that 60% of your design is different from the original, then it is copyright theft.  As I have never seen the original pattern I cannot state categorically that this is not the case.  The shawl I created was never intended to be for anyone, other than myself, so I wasn't thinking about the possibility of copyright theft.  It was only once people asked for the pattern that I wrote up the few lines that it took to create my shawl.  I didn't think through the ramification of my actions and have no other excuse.

Based on a night of wrestling with my conscience I have decided that I as I cannot categorically state, hand on heart, that my pattern is 60% different from the original design (even if I believe it is) I will exclude any references to that design in my pattern.  I have taken out the yarn choice and references to striping.  These were the only things I took from the picture of the original design.  These changes have led to the pattern now being called More Than A Triangle Shawl which is the shape of the design.  The pattern is now generic and doesn't recommend any yarn choice or any yarn patterning.

I really didn't think I was stealing, but if someone thinks I am then I don't want to risk any amount of upset to the designer.  I would be so angry and hurt if someone stole my design idea, even if it wasn't for personal gain.  I know how much time and effort it takes to create any design.  I would never undermine anyone else's source of income, as it is so difficult to make a living as a designer.

This generic pattern can be used to make a garter stitch shawl of any size that depends entirely on your yarn selection and amounts used.  I hope that you still find it useful.

Once again, I apologise for any hurt or injury caused by my original inclusion of someone else's ideas in my pattern.  If you have already downloaded the Graduated Shawl Pattern, I would ask you to delete it and replace it with the new version that has been sent to you via Ravelry.  I really would rather be safe than sorry in a situation like this, and I hope I can safely say that it will NOT happen again.


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